Area of Expertise
Environmental law, climate change law
William J. Snape III is senior counsel with the Center for Biological Diversity and an environmental law fellow and practitioner-in-residence at American University's Washington College of Law. Before coming to AU, Snape was vice president and chief counsel at Defenders of Wildlife for almost a decade. Snape has litigated both NEPA and global warming cases in federal court and argued Center for Biological Diversity v. Interior (D.C. Cir. 2008), which rejected the federal government’s plan for oil and gas drilling off the coast of Alaska in part because of climate change concerns. Snape is the author of numerous articles on natural resource issues and is editor and author of Biodiversity and the Law, published by Island Press.